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A Balancing Act: What Software Practitioners Have to Say about Technical Debt
Nov.-Dec. 2012 (vol. 29 no. 6)
pp. 22-27
Erin Lim, Aquatic Informatics
Nitin Taksande, Novasom
Carolyn Seaman, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
An interview study involving 35 practitioners from a variety of domains aimed to characterize technical debt at the ground level to find out how software practitioners perceive it. The study also aimed to understand the context in which technical debt occurs, including its causes, symptoms, and effects. In addition, the study focused on how practitioners currently deal with technical debt. This analysis paints a picture of a large, complex balancing act of various short- and long-term concerns. The Web Extra gives the interview questions used by Erin Lim, Nitin Taksande, and Carolyn Seaman.
Index Terms:
Interviews,Risk management,Investments,Software testing,Documentation,Software quality,software engineering,maintenance management,software maintenance,technical debt
Citation:
Erin Lim, Nitin Taksande, Carolyn Seaman, "A Balancing Act: What Software Practitioners Have to Say about Technical Debt," IEEE Software, vol. 29, no. 6, pp. 22-27, Nov.-Dec. 2012, doi:10.1109/MS.2012.130
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